Foreigners: Janne Mette-Johannson, a tourist from Norway who arrived in India in October, was summoned to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Kochi on Thursday and asked about her attendance at an anti-citizenship protest march in the city on Monday. The FRRO is an office exclusively for the services of foreign tourists in the country.
SIT in UP: The Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh of UP state police have directed to constitute Special Investigation Teams (SIT) under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) rank officers to ensure proper investigation in all 327 FIRs registered in connection with widespread violence during anti-citizenship law protests in as many as 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Besides.
Amit Shah: Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday continued the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attack on the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party in national capital Delhi, accusing them of creating confusion over the amended citizenship law that had sparked off massive protests in the city. “It is time to punish the tukde-tukde gang, which is responsible for the violence in the streets of the national capital with the help of the Congress party. The people of Delhi should punish them,” Amit Shah said at an event organised by the Delhi Development Authority on Thursday.
Pakistan: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday warned that PM Narendra Modi would “definitely” carry out an action of some sort in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in order to divert world’s attention from the recently introduced laws — Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) — by the BJP government.
FIR: Amritsar police has booked Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, director-choreographer Farah Khan and comedian Bharti Singh for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a community in a TV show, a senior official said on Thursday. The FIR was registered at Ajnala police station here under section 295-A of the IPC (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).
Uttar Pradesh: A minister of Uttar Pradesh government refused to meet the families of two men killed in violence during protests against the amended Citizenship Act in Bijnor last week. Calling them “upadravi” (vandals), vocational education and skill development minister Kapil Dev Agarwal told me Why should he go to vandals’ place? How can those who are involved in vandalism and put the entire country and state in arson be social.
Good Governance Index: Tamil Nadu topped the composite ranking for Good Governance Index (GGI), with Maharashtra and Karnataka bagging the second and third spot respectively, according to a report released by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and the Centre for Good Governance on Wednesday. Chhattisgarh stood fourth, followed by Andhra Pradesh (fifth), Gujarat (sixth), Haryana (seventh) and Kerala (eighth). Madhya Pradesh bagged the ninth position, West Bengal tenth, followed by Telangana (11th), Rajasthan (12th), Punjab (13th), Orissa (14th), Bihar (15th), Goa (16th), Uttar Pradesh (17th) and Jharkhand at the eighteenth position in the big states category.
Army chief on CAA: General Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the protests over the new citizenship law, saying leaders emerge from crowds but are not those who “lead people in inappropriate directions”. “Leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate direction. We are witnessing in large number of universities and colleges that students are leading masses and crowds to carry out arson and violence in cities and towns. “
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ONGC: State-run ONGC has received environment clearance (EC) for carrying out onshore exploration, development and production of oil and gas in 100 locations in non-forest area of Assam, that would entail an investment of Rs 3,500 crore, according to official documents.